These Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites are perfect for a pre-workout or after school snack! They’re easy to make, gluten-free, vegan and you’ll love the cinnamon apple flavor!
Tis the season for a non-stop supply of cookies, candy and desserts staring you in the face. I have a serious weakness for dessert, especially Christmas treats, I can’t keep my hands off of them. If you have the same problem as me, then it’s essential that you make these Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites to ward off the cookie cravings!
Lately I feel like all I’ve been doing is shoving one cookie after another in my mouth. They’ve all been delicious, but I’m starting to get a little disgusted with myself. I know it’s the time of the year when overindulging is expected, but I really don’t want January to come and find out I have to run off 10 extra pounds of gingerbread, eggnog and peppermint ice cream!
To help combat my sugar cravings I decided to make a healthier snack that would still let me feel like I was eating a sweet treat.
The energy bites are a combination of dried apples, oats, almonds, dates, cinnamon, allspice, and maple syrup for sweetness. To make them, start by soaking the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Don’t throw out the water the dates soak in.
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend them until they form a paste/dough consistency. You may need to add a couple of tablespoons of the water that the dates soaked in if you find the mixture isn’t combining.
Once the energy bite paste is made, take a tablespoon of it and roll it into a ball. I like to have damp hands when I roll them to keep the dough from sticking too much.The Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. I prefer to pull mine right out of the freezer and eat them, but you can also let them sit out for a few minutes to get soft.
The flavor of these Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites can best be described as having a little piece of apple pie without the crust. The combination of the dates, dried apples, and maple syrup makes these perfectly sweet, and the almonds and oats add a nice nutty flavor to them.
If you’re like me and trying to control your cookie intake this month, then make a batch of these healthy Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites to have on hand for those days when your sweet tooth is calling!
- 1 cup dried apples, not freeze dried
- 1/2 cup medjool dates, pits removed
- 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, gluten-free if needed
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice (optional)
- 2 tablespoons water, more if needed
- Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or high speed blender and blend until the mixture turns into a paste or dough like consistency.
- Scoop out heaping tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls. Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 1g
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